Laboratory Safety Awareness. for Non-laboratory Personnel. Outline. Laboratory Hazards Chemical Biological Radiological Physical Personal Protective Equipment Emergency Procedures Special Procedures. Potential Lab Hazards. How Chemicals Enter the Body. There Are Three Routes of Entry:
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Laboratory Safety Awareness
for Non-laboratory Personnel
Potential Lab Hazards
There Are Three Routes of Entry:
Hazard Type Common Related Task
1. Its physical properties
2. Its toxicity
3. The way it is used and the environment in which it is encountered.
External (high energy beta, gamma, neutron)
On laboratories authorized for radioactive materials. Lists what common practices allowed in lab (eating, drinking, etc.)
On hoods, refrigerators, freezers, other large lab equipment
On waste bags, areas, liquid containers, drums, and buckets.
For beakers, small containers, laboratory equipment, etc.
Cryogenic materials hazards
Danger of fire
Observe proper labeling and storage condition.
Follow correct handling & transport of tanks.
Personal Protective Equipment
1. Treat all laboratory specimen/substance as infectious/dangerous.
2. Use a protective barrier:
1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
2. Work Practice Controls
Other Safety Equipment
Safety showers and eye washes yearly. The location of each safety shower and eye wash should be clearly posted. The area around showers and eye washes must be left unobstructed. Laboratory personnel should inspect eyewashes weekly.
Emergency Response Procedures
Any accidents involving personal injures, even minor ones, should be reported immediately to a supervisor.
First report of injury:
Special Procedures and Safety Guidelines
COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY
Workplace Safety is a Shared Responsibility
Finding source of a problem
Running ductwork for new hoods
Repairs from explosions
Sash repair or replacement
Retro fitting controls
Physical characteristics of chemicals
Routes of entry: respirable, oral, skin